A breast lift reshapes and lifts the breasts, making them appear firmer.
When you are not satisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may decide that wearing a padded bra is not enough to give you the look you want. You might deem it better to undergo a breast lift. You can decide if this surgery is right for you by learning what it is and how it is performed.
What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is a surgery that is also called a mastoplexy. It is generally performed on an outpatient basis and done under general anesthesia. Most surgeries take around an hour to complete. After the surgery is finished, you will be allowed to recover for a short while in the surgery center before going home to fully recuperate.
During the surgery, your physician will remove excess skin to change the shape and elevate your breasts. The results are visible right away and can last for decades.
How is a Breast Lift Performed?
Prior to the operation starting, you will be placed under general anesthesia. Once you are asleep, your surgeon will make an incision under and along the sides of your breasts. The skin will then be raised so the surgeon can reshape the breast tissue.
Also while you are asleep, your surgeon will remove excess skin to make your breast firmer. Once the breasts are lifted and reshaped, the areolas will be reattached. The incisions will then be closed with sutures or staples.
The sutures may also be fitted with a drainage tube that will remove excess fluid and blood while you recuperate. The tube will be removed a week to 10 days after the surgery is finished. Once your incisions are closed, your breasts will be bandaged. You also will be taken to a recovery room to awaken from anesthesia.
Breast Lift Recovery
The recovery period for a breast lift is four to six weeks. The first one to two weeks are the most crucial. During this time, you can expect to experience soreness and pain. Your surgeon may advise you to wear a support bra or an elastic bandage to reduce swelling and discomfort while you heal.
You also will be encouraged to walk several times a day to reduce the risk of blood clots. You should avoid heavy lifting until your doctor clears you for this activity. If you attempt heavy lifting or other strenuous activities before you are fully healed, you could damage the results of the surgery. You also could rip out your sutures and cause hemorrhaging.
You should take any pain medications prescribed to you until your breasts are fully healed. You should be able to return to work within two to three weeks after your surgery is performed.
A breast lift can be a viable option for you when you want to change the shape and height of your breasts. This surgery provides permanent results and helps you achieve a younger and fuller bust line.